ATLANTA -- A Honduran man who allegedly hacked two men to death with a machete was removed from the United States by immigration officials.
According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Francisco Escobar-Orellana was arrested near his home in Hope Mills, N.C. on Feb. 21 during a targeted operation with ICE Homeland Security special agents.
Escobar was wanted for allegedly killing two men with a machete at a liquor store in 1993. It's not known when he illegally entered the United States.
A federal judge ordered Escobar removed from the U.S. on March 23. On Monday, an ICE Air operations flight took him from Lumpkin, Ga., to Sand Pedro Sula, Honduras.
"ICE is focused on identifying, arresting and removing public safety threats, such as convicted criminal aliens and gang members, as well as individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws," said ERO Atlanta Field Office Director Sean Gallagher.
ICE removed a total of 240,255 aliens in the 2016 fiscal year. That's a two percent increase over FY 2015, but a 24 decrease from the 2014 fiscal year, according to ICE.
Members of the public who have information about foreign fugitives are urged to contact ICE by calling the ICE tip line at 1(866) 347-2423 or internationally at 001-1802-872-6199. They can also file a tip online by completing ICE’s online tip form.